An example of dwarf is pruning a tree so it doesn't grow any taller.
An example of dwarf is placing a tall person next to a shorter person to make the shorter person feel extremely short.
An example of dwarf is the planet Ceres.
An example of a dwarf is a sunflower that only grows to two feet tall.
Dwarf tree; dwarf honeysuckle.
The specimen is a very dwarf form of the plant.
It is possible to grow the plants as dwarf as one desires.
Bach dwarfs all other composers.
Other Word Forms
Origin of dwarf
- Middle English dwerf from Old English dweorh
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English dwerf, dwergh, dwerw, dwerȝ, from Old English dweorh, dweorg (“dwarf”), from Proto-Germanic *dwergaz, cognate with Old High German twerc (German Zwerg), Old Norse dvergr (Swedish dvärg), Old Frisian dwirg, Middle Low German dwerch, dwarch, twerg (Low German Dwarg, Dwarch), Middle Dutch dwerch, dworch (Dutch dwerg). The Germanic word is perhaps from a Proto-Indo-European *dʰwer- (“harm, deceive”); compare Sanskrit ध्वरति (dhvárati, “to bend, hurt”), ध्वरस् (dhvarás, “class of female demons”).
- The Modern English noun has undergone complex phonetic changes. The form dwarf is the regular continuation of dweorg, but the plural dweorgas would have given rise to dwarrows and the oblique stem dweorge- would have lead to dwery. These forms are sometimes found as the nominative singular in Middle English texts and in English dialects. A parallel case is that of Old English burg giving burgh, borough, burrow, bury.